NEWTON — The Perry boys track team continued to show improvement Thursday while facing a strong field of seven opponents at the Newton Coed Relays.
Ames ‘Black’ and Ames ‘Orange’ dominated the meet in impressive fashion, with the former division of the Little Cyclones amassing 156 points while the latter side scored 140 points of their own. Ballard was a distant third at 85.5, with Newton (78), Perry (75), Marshalltown (71.5) and Oskaloosa (69) in tow.
Sophomore Juma Bushiri had a strong outing by placing second in the 800 in 2 minutes, 9.69 seconds and third in the 3200 in 10:56.68. Kaleb Olejniczak was third in the 800 in 2:12.84, with Dane McCarty finishing eighth (2:18.98) but not being allowed to score as two teammates had already placed in the event.
Brandon Kenyon was third in the 400 low hurdles in 58.87, with Reece Dunlap fourth in the 100 (11.47) while Jacob Thompson crossed eighth in the 400 in 55.94.
Jose Castellanos flew 18 feet and 1/4 inches for fifth in the long jump, with teammate Gage Welch sixth at 17’6-3/4. J.R. McCord earned throwing points for the Jays by finishing seventh in the shot put with a heave of 37’8.
Olejniczak, Alex Long and Zach and Jacob Thompson were second in the 4×800 in 8:34.32, with Kenyon, Adan Medina and the two Thompson’s third in the 4×400 in 3:38.25 while Zach Thompson, Nic Fellom, Castellanos and Long teamed for third in the 1600 medley in 3:57.94.
The foursome of Medina, Fellom, Dunlap and Donald Chavez were third in the 4×200 (1:36.95), Castellanos, Welch, Fellom and Dunlap were fifth in the 4×100 (46.64) and Taviar Lucas, Devon Archer, Malachi Meri and Beau Briles placed sixth in the shuttle hurdle (1:17.91).
Perry will run in the Carlisle Relays Tuesday and the DC-G Relays Thursday. Both events are boys only.